• Jun 24th 2008 at 11:58AM
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The BMW Progressive Activity Sedan (PAS or possibly V5) is on its way, whether the world wants it or needs it. According to Auto Motor und Sport, the 5-series based sedan will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009, and is expected to be very reminiscent of the recently released X6, with plummeting C- and D-pillars, a hatchback, a higher ride height (think Audi's Allroad) and measuring in at approximately 4.9 meters (192 inches), about an inch longer than the X6. There's no indication about which markets the PAS will be sold in when it arrives in late 2009 or early 2010, but it's safe to assume that the success of the X6 will be a factor in the PAS' distribution.

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport via Autotelegraaf via Egmcartech]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      what? BMW makes my head hurt.
      • 7 Years Ago
      dear me. thats just hideous. its an x6 but lower down, surely
        • 7 Years Ago
        you're exactly right, this is basically a lowered x6. with a little photoshopping...

        i wouldn't rely so much on the picture above as it is most likely a speculatory rendering. And lets not pass judgment on something we know very little about. the vehicle they will show at frankfurt will likely be little more than a design study; guaging public reactions to both the vehicles styling and proportions.who's to say that this vehicle is even meant for the american market? they compare it to the Audi allroad, which last i checked, isnt sold here anymore.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm waiting for the libertarian activity sedan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      this is the ugliest BMW consept i have ever seen.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not that hard to understand. It's a fastback sedan - think Elantra GT, Mazda6 Hatch, Skoda Superb, the various "4-door coupes" - with a little more headroom and a little more interior space than a typical sedan.

      Given that people tend to love SUVs because you can sit up a little taller, have a little more room to stretch out, and can carry crap in them, this, then, is a reasonably carlike alternative that will probably handle and suck gas like a 5-series wagon while providing 90% of the benefit of a SUV.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Exactly. A Panamera with a Golden Retriever and an REI membership card in its wallet.
        • 7 Years Ago
        A vehicle like this is also easier to get in and out of ,which makes alot of sense when You consider the number of retirees that buy 5 series BMW's and E class Benzes.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Think instead the Porsche Panamera but with an off-road personality.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If it gets more people to build 5-door hatchbacks, great.

      But indeed. Drop the stupid names.

      I actually prefer BMW's alpha-numerics to stupid names like Progressive Activity Sedan.

      What if I want it, but don't do any "Progressive Activities?"
      • 7 Years Ago
      BMW has lost their way. How about you guys make a 1 series that weighs under 3000 lbs first, then worry about adding more crossover/SUV/truck nonsense.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope they make it, so I can buy a used one when I'm out of college.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmm...

      When I think about it they could start using decimals to further widen their range. Imagine a BMW 5.3 series and then half an inch longer the 5.4 series and so on. Otherwise they will start getting problems with the numbers as they already used em all.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It will sell like hotcakes not only b/c it's a "BMW" but becasue it will be truly rewarding to drive. Say what you want about their styling but, they have got a good grip on building a "driver's car".
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wait I thought Subaru stopped making the Outback sedan?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey,if it looks anything like that rendering. I'll be first in line.
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